spangle

noun
span·gle | \ˈspaŋ-gəl \

Definition of spangle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small plate of shining metal or plastic used for ornamentation especially on clothing

2 : a small glittering object or particle

spangle

verb
spangled; spangling\ˈspaŋ-g(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of spangle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to set or sprinkle with or as if with spangles

intransitive verb

: to glitter as if covered with spangles : sparkle

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Examples of spangle in a Sentence

Noun

showgirls dressed in costumes with gold spangles

Verb

in typical Las Vegas fashion, the showgirls' sequined costumes spangled gloriously

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dressed in a dazzle of black spangles, Liza still oozes a star quality that can eclipse a sometimes hazy memory for lyrics and some fumbled lip-synching. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Goes Inside Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda and Sartoria Events in New York City," 9 Apr. 2018 Somewhere in the South Pacific, there are women dressed in sequins, spangles and rhinestones, Katz said, as the audience erupted with applause and delight. Lynne Terry, OregonLive.com, "Hundreds turn out to celebrate late mayor Vera Katz," 28 Jan. 2018 Equally head turning were the washes of holographic pigment on the lids at Stella Jean and the spangles of tiny sequins tapped onto the nude pouts at Shrimps. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 8 Top Beauty Trends From the Spring 2018 Fashion Shows," 11 Oct. 2017 The scrim of daytime sky gives way to a bright spangle of stars. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 29 Mar. 2017 The eruption will signal the moment two stars locked in a cosmic dance have merged, exploding into a red nova that will briefly give Cygnus an extra stellar spangle. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "How to See a Star Explode in 2022," 6 Jan. 2017 The scrim of daytime sky gives way to a bright spangle of stars. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 2 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

No matter what your work schedule or location within the 50 states is, these six trips can be quickly planned and easily customized for a day-of star-spangled celebration (no PTO necessary). Elizabeth Buxton, refinery29.com, "Stuck In A Mid-Week July Fourth Rut? We Have The Star-Spangled Plan," 22 June 2018 Ready your BBQs, break out your star spangled flip flops, and dust off your boogie boards, folks. refinery29.com, "Ring In The Fourth Of July With These Incredible Tech Sales," 2 July 2018 Sadie changed into a long black spangled gown for the evening's festivities, while the bride chose a golden backless Stella McCartney number. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Why Pippa Middleton's Guests Have to Bring Two Outfits to Her Wedding," 19 May 2017 Lebanon's cheerleaders honored Pickett by pinning thin blue ribbons to their black, white and gold spangled cheer tops. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Community rocked by tragedy gets back on its feet with help from basketball team," 11 Mar. 2018 Translation: From a business standpoint, NFL players kneeling during the national anthem was a massive star-spangled blunder. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Former Orlando City coach Adrian Heath's return likely to be filled with tears and cheers," 9 Mar. 2018 The landscape went from the midcentury’s world of largely custom confections (consider looks like Barbra Streisand’s spangled, see-through Arnold Scaasi pajamas of once-upon-a-time) to straight-off-the-runway numbers. Vogue, "21 Iconic Oscars Looks That Debuted on the Runway," 27 Feb. 2017 Lording over the merry panoply is the Christmas tree, spangled with lights, ornaments, tinsel and crowned by a shimmering star. George Ball, WSJ, "Mistletoe Is an Endangered Species," 21 Dec. 2017 The menu at Veladora is spangled with fresh California cuisine—slow poached lobster with lemon vinaigrette, burrata cheese, and pickled, roasted beets. Condé Nast Traveler, "Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of spangle

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spangle

Noun

Middle English spangel, diminutive of spang shiny ornament, probably from Middle Dutch spange; akin to Old English spang buckle, Middle Dutch spannen to stretch

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spangle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spangle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small, shiny piece of metal or plastic that is used to decorate clothing

spangle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spangle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to decorate or cover (something) with many small, shiny objects

spangle

noun
span·gle | \ˈspaŋ-gəl \

Kids Definition of spangle

: sequin

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